OneDrive for Business update brings new features and improvements

By: Madeleine Dean
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Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular Enterprise File Sync and Share platforms for businesses around the world. This title offered by the Forrester is a solid recognition of the company’s efforts to constantly improve OneDrive. The Forrester used 40 criteria in their evaluation which makes their conclusions even more trustworthy.

The Redmond giant’s team are of course happy to hear the news but the company does not rest on its laurels and has already brought new improvements to OneDrive in order to offer an even better experience:

It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. […] we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

The latest OneDrive update is based on users’ feedback in regards to the the  Next Generation Sync Client version launched in December 2015. Most of these new features will be available to all customers within 1–2 weeks. The main update features are:

  • Windows 8.1 support—support is now offered for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
  • Office 2016 integration—key features such as real-time co-authoring, open documents from the Most Recent list and share documents from within the Office app will be available.
  • Improved setup—everyone can now install the new OneDrive sync client. No more registry keys needed on Windows or Terminal window on Mac.
  • Seamless client migration—If you are running the previous sync client (groove.exe), this update seamlessly transitions without requiring a resync.
  • Pause sync—you can suspend syncing for a period of time, for example when you are tethered to your phone.
  • View files online— right click any document in Windows Explorer and select “view online” to navigate to the OneDrive for Business file or folder in the browser.
  • Sync any file type you want— support added for .json, .aspx, .swf files and more.
  • Block file types— IT admins can now block certain file types from syncing, such as PST or MKV files protecting limited bandwidth.

Other improvements include:

  • Browser experience enhancements – removing an item from the “Shared with me” view doesn’t delete the file; it can still be found via a search.
  • New developer options for OneDrive for Business – a series of new options for developers who are building apps that connect to OneDrive for Business have been added such as Webhooks preview or exhanced flexible sharing.

For more information, go to Microsoft’s Office blog.

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